Introduction to organic farming28 January 2015
Please note this seminar has now been merged with The business of organic food production on January 29th.
Introduction to organic farming and food supply chains - principles and practice
One-day seminar for farmers/farm managers, advisers/land agents, researchers, young people including students/apprentices, and others involved in the food supply chain.
Venue: Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, RG20 0HR 10 am – 4pm
The seminar will provide an introduction to: the current state of the organic food supply chain in the UK; principles of organic crop and livestock production; organic supply chains and communication to consumers; EU regulations, UK organic standards, certification and policy support; productivity, food quality and security, financial and environmental performance.
Participants will receive copies of the latest Soil Association Organic Market report, the 2014 Organic Farm Management Handbook and other relevant literature.
Seminar cost (local and organic lunch & refreshments included):
- Reduced price for eligible participants (see below) £50 + VAT
- Full price for participants not eligible for funding £100 + VAT
- 100% bursaries available for eligible individuals (see below)
RDPE support available:
50% fee reduction for English producers and others obtaining a living from agriculture or agricultural products. Eligibility includes producers and employees of producer groups, supply chain businesses, direct retailers, small consultancy businesses, but not multiple retailers, government departments, agencies or public bodies including universities. Participants must be living/working in England. To benefit please download, complete and sign the Trainee Registration form (60kb pdf file) and send to Gillian Woodward at ORC. You can still register and pay on-line.
We have funds from various sources, including the Ernest Cook Trust (nationwide), the Gordon Palmer Memorial Trust (Berkshire residents only), and the Greenham Common Trust (West Berkshire residents only) to enable young people (students/apprentices/new entrants) with limited means to attend the seminars. If you think you may qualify, for any of the above bursaries please contact Gillian Woodwardwith details of your address, age and circumstances to check eligibility.
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